The Obama will do whatever the Union leadership wants.And what do you make of Obama wanting open union votes?
It's one thing to vote for it in a private vote, but to make votes public?
But, even then, you admit that the union exists to get it members more for less, which only makes turning a profit that much more difficult.
You use the term 'as reasonable' and I use the term 'as possible' -- uniions don't deliberatly or willingly take less than everything they can get, and so 'as possible' seems a lot more accurate than 'as reasonable'.
What is Europeís GDP over the last ten years versus the US?
What is the tax rate of Europeans versus comparable rates of US citizens?
What is the spending on Government welfare as a percentage of GNP of European nations and the USA?
Why is it that European nations can spend such a paltry sum on their nations defense over what the USA spends?
Why is it that you can take statistics about health spending per capita in a vacuum of what that spending constitutes; in other words, does it occur to you that we may spend more per capita because our plans allow us to do much more testing than that permitted by Government plans?
What is the R&D spending in European systems versus that in the USA?
How is Europe going to deal with the impending disaster of not being able to pay for its welfare and health programs by an already over-burdened tax payer?
Truly, it defies logic to think that these statistics somehow support the notion that Government managed ANYTHING is cost effective, provides better services, provides better care and has more choice than the current system in America.
A friend in Canada once called and complained that he had to wait more than a month to see a doctor for something as benign as acid reflux; I can get with my doctor tomorrow for ANYTHING.
I had another friend who told the story of her fatherís death due to the failure of the British health system; a death that would NOT have occurred here. He had a serious heart condition and needed open heart surgery; he was placed on a waiting list. They decided that the condition merited paying additional money OUTSIDE the system for more immediate care; they were put on a two week waiting list. He died waiting for surgery that here in the US he would never have been let out of the hospital for.
There are several things certain that occur in a Government "managed" (oxymoron) plan; mediocrity for EVERYONE; less specialists; long waiting times; higher taxes and costs and a lack of research and development.
Why anyone would want to give up their freedom of choice and become a dependent ward of the State is beyond my comprehension. But Europeans and Canadians have been doing it for so long, they cannot comprehend a better system with MORE choice.
I think that this might be a workable scheme.
The modern Labor movement would never go for it though.
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